Jeddah: Thirteen people sustained minor injuries when a fire broke out in a nine-storey building in Mecca, housing Haj pilgrims from India and Myanmar.

Ten fire multi-mission squads controlled the blaze in the limits of one room at the fourth floor of the building last evening and evacuated the pilgrims from India and Myanmar, Saudi News agency SPA reported on Monday.

The Saudi civil defense units successfully rescued 179 other pilgrims. The injured were treated on the spot, it said. It was not immediately known whether any Indian was among the injured.

Media Spokesman of the Civil Defense Authority Lt Col Abdullah Al-Orabi Al-Harthi said that rescue teams rushed to the scene and immediately began rescue efforts and extinguishing the fire.

The authorities have opened an investigation into the incident.


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